George Fredrick Rippon, 74, of Clarksfield, died Monday, April 22, 2013 at his home. Born on January 14, 1939, in Bowling Green, son of the late George Amos and Dolores (Ridenour) Rippon.
George graduated from Western Reserve High School in 1958 and moved to Clarksfield in 1959. He served in the Army National Guard in the early 1960's. George worked at the former Ohio Body Manufacturing in New London and Ford Motor Company in Lorain, where he retired in the early 2000's.
He was a member of the Moose in Willard, Gravley Tractor Club and UAW. George attended the Wakeman Congregational Church. He bred, trained and showed Dobermans and owned several obedience grand champions, he was also an avid reader.
Survived by his wife of 55 years, Eleanor Jean (Wargo); daughters, Dawn (Dennis) Miller of Louisville, OH and Denise (Rich) Smothers of Greenville, SC; grandchildren, Tabetha (Bill) Norris, Zachary Smothers and the grand dog, Alex Miller; great grandchildren, Ian, Lydia and Gianna Norris; brother, Thomas (Bonnie) Rippon of Norwalk and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by sister, Nancy Bonner.
Visitation Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Eastman Funeral Home, 200 W. Main St., New London, service Saturday 11 a.m. with Rev. Matthew Reed. Burial will follow in Clarksfield Methodist Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870 or Wakeman Congregational Church, 14 Abbott St., Wakeman, OH 44889 or The James Cancer Center at the Ohio State University, checks made payable to the James Development Center, 660 Ackerman Rd., PO Box 183112, Columbus, OH 43218-3112. Online condolences at www.eastmanfuneralhome.com.